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ONTARIO PROPOSES HEFTY OR NOT HIKE FOR WATER BOTTLING WITHDRAWALS
In a news release issued on Wednesday, the Ontario government Ontario is proposing water bottlers pay an additional $500 fee, which would bring the cost up to $503.71 for every million litres of groundwater taken.
The proposed fee would help recover the costs of managing groundwater taken by water bottlers, including supporting scientific research, policies, outreach and compliance, and would further build upon Ontario's recent actions to protect groundwater.
"Ontario is committed to making sure we protect groundwater resources — now and in the future. Fair pricing will help ensure those who are benefiting today from water resources do their part to safeguard it for tomorrow," said Glen R. Murray, Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.
If approved, the proposed fee would be among the highest in Canada. On December 16, 2016, the province finalized a two-year moratorium on new and expanded water takings by bottling companies. The moratorium will remain in effect until Jan. 1, 2019. The province is aslo seeking feedback from the public on stricter rules for existing water bottling companies that use groundwater. The proposed rules are posted on the Environmental Registry for comment and will remain open until Jan. 31, 2017.